Thursday, February 23, 2012

My first Linky Party

Okay, so I admit, I'm a newbie and a blogging dunce. So if I do something wrong, please tell me!  I don't have a clue what I'm doing but I want to learn. You see I found these wonderful, blogging people that are so freakin creative, crafty, artsy, and inspirational that I want to tap into the flow and learn all I can from them! The pictures above are of my very first project, created with love for a grown daughter that wanted to redo her bedroom. I purchased the end tables along with a bed that I re-created for my grandson, and the dresser you've seen in the prior post.  The end tables are what got me started, after reading some of the blogs, which by the way, I would never have discovered if it weren't for pinterest. I mean, who knew there was this seemingly underground of talented people! So from the bottom of my heart I thank you all for inspiring me and for giving me such wonderful, helpful tips on upcycling furniture, decorating your home, sharing your art...all through your awesome blogs.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Veneer is Jamaican me Crazy!

So, little did I know what a pain in the nether region veneer can be! What I have learned so far. 1. Never buy a piece of veneer furniture to refinish unless it is in pristine shape. And never let the seller put your piece outside before you can get there to pick it up. As much as I love this dresser, it just keeps peeling veneer, no matter how much I patch and paste, there is still more peeling loose in places.  Not sure if I will be able to sell this, but I'm hoping that whatever flaws are seen will be taken as character in the piece, but we will see.  2. I'm a very messy painter.  Hope husband doesn't notice the blue splotches on the deck. Thinking the TSP cleaner should take care of those, hopefully. 3. I used the TSP cleaner on the top of the dresser and then used the Sander/Deglosser before painting.  On the drawers I sanded and then primed them with the spray on Kilz and then sanded with 220 sand paper before painting. I'm curious to see how  differently the two methods hold up.  4. I'm absolutely loving the Jamaican sea color! Thinking I need to paint some tropical flowers and leaves on the dresser.  I'm getting there, still need a light sanding and second coat, ugghhh, not sure how others are making money doing this cause it seems to take alot of time! Or maybe I'm just old & slow LOL, but I don't think so.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Progress!!! I definitely made some progress today, and it was a wonderful sunshiney day for it too. Sanded & primed drawers. Painted some frames and almost have my Shabby "Fun with Geo's" painting ready! Here's some photo's from today. Hope you enjoy. Have a Happy Valentine's Day, I'm off the the shower :)

My Favorite Comfy

When you're sick, do you have things that make you feel comfy? I have been battling an upper respiratory infection for the past few weeks and finally broke down and went to the doctor.  I am feeling lots better now and took today off the day job to work on some of my long overdue projects.  Plus I think I am going to do a giveaway here within the next month or so.  Anyway back to what I was saying, there were a couple of days where I was absolutely and utterly miserable. So miserable in fact, that I didn't even want a smoke. As a 2 pack a day smoker (yes, embarrassed to admit) for the past, well, 15 + years (yes, embarrassed also to admit) and social smoker off and on for the past 35 years, for me not to want a smoke can only be an act of God and that is exactly what I accepted it for. I am now 10 days nicotine free, without even a secret puff! But during those miserable sneezing, coughing, sore throat days,  I slept upright on the couch with my favorite, most comfy throw in the whole world. I love this throw so much I would carry it everywhere with me, just like Linus in the Charlie Brown cartoon series, if I could without looking silly. So what is your favorite comfy?